On 8 Augustthe Supreme Court of Costa Rica ruled that the prohibition of same-sex marriage in the Family Code is unconstitutional, giving Congress 18 months to reform the law or the prohibition will be automatically lifted without legislation so it will be legal after 26 May That court's ruling did not address the recognition of same-sex marriages already licensed in Alabama, but referred to them as "purported 'marriage licenses ' ". Same-sex sexual activity illegal. The Defense of Marriage Act and the Constitution". I believe that Thomas Jefferson said: Their lawyer, Ryu Min-Hee, announced that two more same-sex couples had filed separate lawsuits in order to be allowed to wed. Opponents of same-sex marriage, who want marriage to be restricted to heterosexuals, such as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saintsthe Catholic Churchand the Southern Baptist Conventionuse the term traditional marriage to mean opposite-sex marriage.
Their marriage was set to be performed on 20 January, and would have been the first same-sex marriage in Costa Rica,  Shortly before the marriage date, however, the Superior Council of Notaries stated that notaries cannot perform same-sex marriages until legislative change or a Supreme Court decision, putting them at odds with the Costa Rican Government and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which stated in its ruling that legislative change is unnecessary and that governments may simply issue an executive decree legalising same-sex marriage.
Same-sex marriage in the United States
District Court for the District of Idaho ruling in Latta v. Retrieved 9 January Retrieved 11 December A study by the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health found that gay men in Massachusetts visited health clinics significantly less often following the legalization of same-sex marriage in that state. Retrieved July 18, Louis under two separate state court orders ; two other jurisdictions issued such licenses as well.
Finally, the Constitutional Court ruled against the banning of the referendum 5—4 and the referendum was held on 20 December Retrieved 3 July The Registry has appealed, but the Constitutional Court has indicated that it is likely to rule in favor of same-sex marriage. On April 28,Colombia became the fourth country in Catholic-majority South America to legalize same-sex marriage, following Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. A bill was raised in the Knesset Israeli Parliament to rescind the High Court's ruling, but the Knesset did not advance the bill.